## When Einstein Walked with Gödel: Excursions to the Edge of Thought
Does time exist? What is infinity? Why do mirrors reverse left and right but not up and down? In this scintillating collection, Holt explores the human mind, the cosmos, and the thinkers who’ve tried to encompass the latter with the former. With his trademark clarity and humor, Holt probes the mysteries of quantum mechanics, the quest for the foundations of mathematics, and the nature of logic and truth. Along the way, he offers intimate biographical sketches of celebrated and neglected thinkers, from the physicist Emmy Noether to the computing pioneer Alan Turing and the discoverer of fractals, Benoit Mandelbrot. Holt offers a painless and playful introduction to many of our most beautiful but least understood ideas, from Einsteinian relativity to string theory, and also invites us to consider why the greatest logician of the twentieth century believed the U.S. Constitution contained a terrible contradiction—and whether the universe truly has a future. |

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User Review - antao - www.librarything.comMy contribution to Holt’s Edge of Thoughts in the form of an article too: An unauthorised and short version of physics. How did scientists first deduce that the universe had hidden dimensions ... Read full review

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User Review - Book VerdictPhilosopher and New York Times writer Holt (Why Does the World Exist?) takes a collection of profound ideas, from theories on the infinite to how the universe will end, and presents them in a creative ... Read full review

### Contents

When Einstein Walked with Gödel | 3 |

Timethe Grand Illusion? | 15 |

Numbers in the Brain in Platonic Heaven and in Society | 21 |

Sir Francis Galton the Father of Statistics and Eugenics | 51 |

A Mathematical Romance | 69 |

The Avatars of Higher Mathematics | 79 |

Benoit Mandelbrot and the Discovery of Fractals | 90 |

Geometrical Creatures | 105 |

Dr Strangelove Makes a Thinking Machine | 194 |

Smarter Happier More Productive | 203 |

Is Beauty Truth? | 219 |

Einstein Spooky Action and the Reality of Space | 230 |

How Will the Universe End? | 241 |

Bad? The Looking | 279 |

Dawkins and the Deity | 299 |

On Moral Sainthood | 306 |

A Comedy of Colors | 118 |

Georg Cantor v David Foster Wallace | 131 |

Why the Russians | 138 |

The Dangerous Idea of the Infinitesimal | 149 |

Was Byrons Daughter the First Coder? | 169 |

Alan Turing in Life Logic and Death | 181 |

A Philosophical Feud | 314 |

Say Anything | 333 |

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Acknowledgments | 351 |